Rules for commenting

Created on May 24th 2008

This blog is only lightly pseudonymous.  Anyone who clicks on “About Historiann” and has the Google can find a wealth of information about my non-virtual professional life.  Other academic bloggers make different decisions, but I thought it was best that people know who they are dealing with, since my posts are informed by my academic training and fields of expertise.  (At the very least, it keeps me honest.)  You are all free to be pseudonymous here if you choose, but because this blog is linked to my life in the “straight world,” I prefer to keep everything on the up and up here:

  1. Historiann is my blog.  This seems obvious to me, but apparently it’s not to some people:  note the tag line in the header above:  “history and sexual politics, 1492-present.”  When you comment here, you’re a guest.  I try to make everyone feel welcome, but I am not obligated to comment extensively on issues that are important to you, and you have no right to demand that I do so here.
  2. This is a feminist/womanist blog.  Non-feminists are free to comment so long as you follow the rules, but please note that when I post about bias against women, people of color, and GLBTQ people, it’s more than a little obnoxious to start out a comment by saying, “well, as a white man, I’ve been discriminated against too.”  I’m sure there are blogs out there that are all about the problems of the downtrodden white man, so please share your concerns there.
  3. Please keep your comments relatively brief and on topic.  400-500 word essays are for the op-ed pages or posts on your blog.  They’re not appropriate for the comments on my blog.  Some exceptions will apply occasionally, but try to gage how your comments are received by other commenters and by me.  If you’re not generating a lot of discussion about your ideas, posting an even longer and more belligerent comment is probably not the way to go.
  4. Be respectful of the other commenters and me.  Pointed questions, challenges, and spirited debate are welcome, but attacks on people’s integrity, reading comprehension abilities, and intellectual capacity will get you banned from commenting here.  Comments that don’t address the main point of a post or that continue to hammer away on the same foolish tangent will be summarily deleted.  Provocateurs will not be permitted to disrupt the conversations here.


6 Responses to “Rules for commenting”

  1. Gender, sexuality, and commenters on feminist blogs : Historiann : History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present on 22 Jul 2008 at 7:19 am #

    [...] forced to ban a commenter here a few months ago, and in order to clarify things I instituted some rules for commenting.  (Rules which were implicitly understood and observed by the rest of you as the rules of [...]

  2. kurt on 07 Oct 2008 at 9:27 am #

    You may not like to hear it, but your blog is really well done.

  3. Historiann on 07 Oct 2008 at 1:35 pm #

    Thanks, Kurt–please tell everyone you work with all about it!

  4. Oroboros on 13 Nov 2009 at 1:50 pm #

    I probably go on too long in my posts and violate #3 at times and I’m sorry. I’ll strive to do better. There might be an argument my recent comments are too provocative but I assure you that isn’t my intent. You have my email and I hope you will feel free to contact me offline as well if I’m becoming a problem.

  5. squadratomagico on 09 Jan 2010 at 9:37 am #

    Historiann, thanks for banning obnoxious commenters. I thought you’d like to know that there are those of us who very much appreciate your vigilance in keeping the conversation here productive and focused.

  6. Judith on 23 Jul 2011 at 4:30 pm #

    I have not explored the blogosphere and other virtual communications to any extent. In the future I will be becoming more active in this area of communication. I am glad to locate you and your site s we are on the same agenda in many ways, Judith

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